2017 Artist Residency

Thanks to the University of Minnesota Berlin Artist Residency, I will spend this summer photographing my way across Europe. Using Berlin as home base, I will travel to Calais, France, Szeged, Hungary, and the Brenner Pass in Austria. In all these places I will investigate new barrier walls constructed to stop the flow of migrants from the Middle East into Europe. I am interested in the psychological and constructed space that exists between people. How and why do we establish an inside and outside? What does it mean to belong?

MFA Here I come!

Have you ever had a line from a kids book constantly going through your head? My kids have this book called Feelings – it’s got great rhymes and pictures. “I did it! I did it! I shout to the crowd. Getting dressed by myself makes me feel proud!” Well, today I get to shout “I DID IT! I DID IT! I SHOUT TO THE CROWD! GETTING INTO THE U MAKES ME FEEL PROUD!”
University of Minnesota MFA here I come! I’m shocked, amazed, scared, and feel so, so proud.

Exhibition Announcement: The Transparent Self; Art & Motherhood

The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI

Gallery 3
Oct. 31-Nov. 7, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, November 7
6:30-8:30 pm

The photographs in this body of work approach motherhood through ideas, feelings, stereotypes, and documentation. I hope the vulnerability that comes from using my own life and family as a backdrop results in photographs that become less about the individual experience and more about something greater and universal.
Every day for one year I made, edited, and uploaded a photograph for discussion to my website. By committing to this rigid, demanding photographic schedule, I mimic the rigid, demanding schedule of motherhood, allowing me to document a year of complex thoughts, ideas, and feelings.

The Transparent Self: Call for Self Portraits

Homewood Studios

Minneapolis, MN

Social media is a tool to connect, a tool to share life with others. Inadvertently,
it can also produce simplified, one-dimensional versions of life. Every day we
have the opportunity to compare our lives to the better looking versions of

In “The Transparent Self,” Sidney M. Jourard writes about his study of
self-disclosure. He maintains people choose concealment (showing oneself
as an enigma rather than allowing others to know one’s true self) rather than
openness. He contends concealment leads to sickness, misunderstanding and
alienation from self. In her wildly popular book, “Daring Greatly,” Dr. Brené Brown
discusses the need for vulnerability and the human desire to be known and
belong. Vulnerability, she says, is the most accurate measure of courage.

In what ways do you share your desire to be known and to belong?

All mediums welcome.


  • Deadline for application: September 13
  • Results announced: September 16 (via email)
  • Exhibition dates: October 4-26, 2013
  • Delivery of accepted work: September 30 (5-7pm) & October 1 (2-4pm)
  • Release of work: October 28 & 29
  • Return Shipping of Work: October 30

Shipped work must arrive with prepaid return shipping and will be packaged
using original shipping materials. Return shipping will occur October 30.


  • Opening reception: October 4, 7:00-9:00 pm
  • Artist Discussion: October 15
  • Audience choice closing party: October 26


  • Juror’s Choice: $100
  • Audience Choice: Award value pending


Artists receive 100% of sales.


Sarah Sampedro, chair of the Minneapolis Arts Commission, is a photographer
who is deeply involved in the Minneapolis arts scene. As a resident
of the Northside, she has taught Minneapolis Community Education, promoted
Northside artists and curated exhibitions drawing artists from around the country.
She is also the recipient of a 2011/2012 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist
Initiative Grant. Sarah believes art and creativity are essential to well-being. They
are socially, culturally and economically valuable, all while making life a little more


Homewood Studios, an artists’ workspace and gallery in North Minneapolis, is
designed for local artists and their neighbors in the belief the visible presence
of working artists contributes to the vitality, self-image, and coherence of the

Homewood Studios is located at:
2400 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Tuesday 5-9 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday 1-6 p.m.
Saturday 1-4 p.m.


The entry period has expired.